Foreign Language

Chinese 1

The purpose of Chinese 1 is to provide students a platform to learn and appreciate the Chinese language and culture. Through the learning of pinyin (official phonetic system for the pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese), characters, words, basic daily conversations, and short stories, students will be able to gain and improve Chinese language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Introduction and appreciation of culture include Chinese holidays, history, clothes, food, legend stories, etc.. Students will learn Chinese through different methods, which include immersion, games, lecture, demonstration, videos, assessment, practice, etc.. The topics for this class include but are not limited to basic character reading and writing, basic greeting and talking about families, describing locations, colors, fruits, and a lot of other topics related to daily life.


Chinese 2

Chinese 2 is based on Chinese 1. Students will keep learning Mandarin Chinese language and culture through the textbook, PPTs, handouts, videos, and different classroom activities. Students will be trained in four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Topics for Chinese 2 include but are not limited to formal and informal ways of greetings, asking and describing directions, making suggestions and how to refuse someone politely, talking about families and schools, talking about age and other topics related to daily life. The goal of this class is to help students understand and communicate better.


Spanish 1

This course is focused on Spanish language acquisition, using comprehensible input and TPRS pedagogical methods. There is a focus on the acquisition of high-frequency structures. The class will use these structures in discussions, stories, and cultural explorations, and students will be expected to recognize them when read or heard and, in time, be able to produce them in speech and writing.  Because success in the course hinges on the repetition of high-frequency language, students should expect 90-95% of the course to be conducted in Spanish. This course is focused on acquisition rather than explicit memorization so that students will internalize the language for the long term, rather than studying it for the short term and forgetting it soon after the completion of the course.  Students will also learn about Spanish-speaking countries and native Spanish speakers. This course is highly interactive and constant student engagement is critical for success.


Spanish 2

This course is focused on Spanish language acquisition, using pedagogical techniques based on Stephen Krashen’s comprehensible input theory (simply: “We acquire language when we understand message”) and Merrill Swain’s output hypothesis (“the act of producing language [speaking or writing] constitutes...part of the process of second language learning”). The course will rely on the repetition of high-frequency structures, and students will be expected to recognize them when read or heard and, in time, be able to produce them in speech and writing. High-frequency structures will also be used to learn about the people and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Because one cannot learn Spanish by speaking English, students should expect 99% of the course to be conducted in Spanish. This course is focused on acquisition rather than explicit memorization so that students will internalize the language for the long term, rather than studying it for the short term and forgetting it soon after the completion of the course. This course is highly interactive and constant student engagement is critical for success.


Spanish 2 Honors

Students build on a strong mastery of level I Spanish language. This course is conducted mainly in Spanish and students are expected to use Spanish to communicate in class. Students will narrate short videos in the past, write daily journal entries, present in Spanish to the class on a variety of topics, and read four novels in Spanish.


Spanish 3 Honors

Building on the Spanish language already acquired in levels 1 and 2 is the main task of this class, with the ultimate goal of further developing Spanish fluency and proficiency.  Students will frequently have writing assignments and speaking assignments to practice and demonstrate acquired language. Students will read four novels in Spanish, two each semester.  To expose students to as much authentic material as possible, we will utilize movies, television, articles, podcasts, literature, music, and art throughout the year. Spanish will be the language of communication during the 45 minutes of class except for brief explanations and translations in English when necessary. This course is highly interactive and constant student engagement is critical for success. Students should come with the enthusiasm needed and authentic interest to obtain as much knowledge and skills as possible.


College Spanish 113

Advancing Spanish language acquisition is the primary goal of this college course, along with the study of Spanish-speaking countries. All instruction will be done in the target language except for when q translation is required for clarification. Students are expected to communicate only in Spanish during this course.  Since students entering this course have had at least two years of coursework in the language, this course will focus on continuing to develop fluency and proficiency in the language. Students will practice presentational speaking as they share their research on cultural topics. Students will read a novel, articles, and story narratives.  Students will listen to native speakers on the internet as well as to each other during class. Students will keep a daily journal to improve their writing skills. Through these activities and others, students will advance their vocabulary base and improve their grammatical accuracy as well as gain new knowledge about the target cultures.

Prerequisites: Students have had two highly successful years of high school level Spanish language study.


College Spanish 123

This course continues to develop the fluency skills practiced in SPN 113.  There will be a balance between the four basic language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Building Spanish language acquisition continues to be the main goal of this college course along with the study of Spanish and Hispanic cultures. All instruction will be done in the target language except for when a translation is required for clarification. Acknowledging that students taking this course already have varying degrees of Spanish language skills from previous work in the language, the course will aim to increase their fluency and proficiency.  All four language skills will be targeted for vocabulary acquisition, cultural topics, and grammatical accuracy. Inductive, as well as some deductive sequences for learning grammatical structures will be used. The historical fiction novel El Tiempo Entre Costuras, as presented in the Spanish TV series, will be a focus of instruction this semester for language and historical information. Other Spanish-speaking countries will also be researched for cultural enrichment. This course is highly interactive and constant student engagement is critical for success.

Prerequisites: Students have performed well in SPN 113. 


College Latin 113 and 123

These courses introduce students to the fundamental concepts of the Latin language in addition to information on Latin culture and literature. They focus on developing reading comprehension with additional practice in writing, listening and speaking.